A new free guide to help schools improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of their students has been launched.

'Resilience and Results: How to improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people in your school', by the Children & Young People's Mental Health Coalition, aims to help headteachers better establish a whole school culture of positive emotional wellbeing.

The publication of the guide comes after a Prince's Trust report earlier in the year found that almost half of young people with fewer than five GCSEs graded A* to C saying they 'always' or 'often' feel down or depressed.

'Resilience and Results' will be sent to all schools in England to help headteachers encourage resilience in pupils, support them in achieving academic success, as well as giving them the best life chances.

The guide aims to help headteachers to effectively approach, intervene and take steps to prevent behavioural and emotional difficulties arising in pupils. It also offers guidance on how schools can access funding options including commissioning additional support services and collaborating with local agencies.

Mick Atkinson, chair of Schools and Colleges Workstream for the Children & Young People's Mental Health Coalition, said: "For too long the link between emotional wellbeing and academic achievement has been overlooked. Yet a child's emotional and mental health inevitably impacts on their academic achievement, and on their ability to achieve their overall potential in life.

"We are encouraged to see the Government placing children and young people, and early intervention, at the heart of its mental health strategy for the first time, and 'Resilience and Results' will give teachers the tools they need to really embed emotional and mental wellbeing in their school cultures. In turn, schools will see improvements in the academic attainment of their pupils, and their schools will be healthier and safer environments."

Posted 30/09/2012 by dan.parton@pavpub.com - this article originally appeared on our sister site www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk